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Brewhaha Tea Shop (Glasgow)

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Address: 32 Hayburn Crescent / Partickhill / Glasgow G11 5AY / Scotland

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      17.04.2009 14:18
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      Definately my central perk!!

      Me and my other half were shopping in Glasgow and were heading to our usual spot in Costa's when I spotted this unusal and new 'tea shop'. We thought we'd give it a go for a change.

      So where is it?
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      It is located inside Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow, a well known shopping centre right in the heart of Glasgow. It is easily accessible by car with the addition of a multi-story car park attached which has 9 stories so plenty of parking, or by train as it is less than 2 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street Station (which is the main underground station in Glasgow).

      If you are there on a shopping trip or as a tourist, you will find the Galleries at the top of Buchanan Street on the corner of Sauchiehall Street (pronounced 'sookyhall'). I say the top of the street because it is at the top of a steady incline up from the main shopping street.

      The shop is inside the main lower ground floor entrance to the Galleries, from Buchanan Street, next to Costa's.


      What is it?
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      It is a new and upcoming tea shop, founded in Glasgow that gives an alternative to the mass market of coffee shops that are dotted on every street corner. They have recently won the Gold Award at the Guild of Fine Foods and their tea is stocked in Harvey Nics and Harrods's none the less.

      It's a very quirky 50's style tea shop with a modern edge, the lamp shades that are above the tables are little white bowler hats and there is a huge 50's style comic strip storyboard on the back wall which is very funny. The tables have a lace doily motif painted on them and the chairs are a modern take on a baroque style with lovely comfy padding on, which all adds to the fun and lively atmosphere.

      The menu is called 'the teacher' and features Betty the sexy secretary type cartoon (also featured on the back wall and who is the 'face' of Brewhaha) as a teacher who is there to tell you all about the different types of tea available.

      There are over 40 different types of tea available to try out in the shop for example, Brew's the daddy is a dark and strong black tea, and dong ding oolong is a fabulous fragrant and light tea, favoured in Thailand. There are various takes on the green and rose teas as well as one called 'bright spark' which sounded intriguing, and of course the introductory choice, all day tea which is the only one I saw served with milk.

      Surprisingly for a 'tea' shop they also serve lovely lattes, cappuccinos and hot chocolate so catering for the awkward customers that tag along with their girlfriends.......ahem.

      The food menu was a little limited but no different than any coffee shop. I chose a chicken salad sandwich that had been made fresh that morning and contained locally sourced ingredients, other half had a latte and a cheese and tomato toasty which sadly only came in white bread and not brown.

      I was a little disappointed that they didn't have the facilities to make up any of the sarnies to customers requirement but I have to say that they were absolutely delicious. The bread was filled nicely with fresh chicken and salad and there was plenty of mayo which meant that the chicken wasn't dry at all, yum.

      The homemade cakes were a sight to behold, they were wonderful!!! Slices of cheesecake, little cupcakes with icing in different colours, caramel tarts, slabs of chocolate brownie......my mouth is watering just thinking about it. We did indulge in a generous slice of the white chocolate cheesecake, to share, and needless to say, sparks were flying off the forks as we battled for the last crumbs.


      The facilities
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      Now I do tend to rate cafés and restaurants by the state of the loo's, if they can be bothered to keep them clean then you can almost guarantee the kitchen will be clean too.

      I was really impressed that Brewhaha had their own facilities located at the back of the shop, one cubicle for the ladies (and disabled) and one for the gents, small and neat but importantly......very clean!! Given the amount of people that probably pass there in one weekend, definitely full brownie points awarded.

      Now I think about the Costa's next door who haven't even bothered with any facilities and rely completely on the public loos that the shopping centre provide, right on the top floor of the centre (which takes you 5 minutes to get to, and that's even before you get to the queue!!).


      How much?
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      £2.50 for a pot of tea but this is exchangeable for a different kind if you don't like it. The quote behind the counter says....... 'We aim to help everyone find their "perfect cup of tea" so to allow customers to be adventurous we promise to swap your pot of tea if it is not to your liking, so don't be afraid to say it' not for you'

      I thought this was an absolutely brilliant idea and it will prompt me to be a bit more adventurous with my next selection.

      We ordered a chicken salad sandwich, a cheese toasty, a latte, a pot of everyday tea and a yummy slice of white chocolate cheesecake and it came to around £13 which I though was pretty reasonable for a city centre café.

      I did notice that there was a huge basket at the end of the counter with free samples of their Ginger and Lemon infusion tea, we did pick up a sample each and I'll be looking forward to trying that one morning.


      My opinion
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      The food is absolutely delicious, definitely somewhere I will be heading to when I'm next in Glasgow....even before I hit the shops. The tea is a little pricey but no more than what you'd pay for a boring and average cuppa from your average coffee shop.

      High tea is served from 3pm to 6pm so I'll be going back to sample this in the near future or maybe their famed tea and toast combo's


      ~ Some of the exotic teas on offer ~

      Darjeeling First Flush - smooth with a hint of malty sweetness

      Golden Yunnan - complex earthy character, hints of honey and roasting chestnuts

      Earl Grey with petals - traditional flavour of earl grey with a refreshing blend of citrus notes

      Rose Congou- classy black china tea is mixed with pink rose petals to create an aroma and flavour reminiscent of an English summer garden.

      Black Chai - rich strong and spicy with its blend of black tea. Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This is a warm and fortifying brew.

      Dong Ding Oolong - One of Taiwan's finest oolongs. This alluring and refined tea has soft peachy notes and hints of vanilla and orchid that never fail to make you smile.

      Green Sencha - Deliciously sappy and fresh with suggestions of summer meadows.

      Organic Gunpowder Mint - Refreshing and energising by a careful balance of green gunpowder tea and invigorating mint

      Silver Needle and Pomegranate - Smooth, delicate white tea with the tart, fruity sweetness of pomegranate.

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